Bedbugs removed from down-and-out patients at a Vancouver hospital were carrying drug-resistant MRSA or VRE bacteria. It's not clear whether bedbugs can actually transmit these dangerous infections.
But Chagas disease does share some features with AIDS: Both are diseases of poverty. In the Americas, Chagas is mainly a problem of the "bottom 100 million" people who suffer from at least one of
Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables,
At the time of this writing, bed bugs have been found to carry diseases in their bodies but they are not known to spread diseases to humans. That doesn't mean that they don't. It just means that no study has conclusively proven that bed bugs transmit diseases. But, there was a time when there was no such thing as Lyme disease.
A vector is an organism which spreads disease from one host to another. Invertebrates spread bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens by two main mechanisms. Either via their bite, as in the case of malaria spread by mosquitoes, or via their faeces, as in the case of Chagas' Disease spread by Triatoma bugs or epidemic typhus spread by human
Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease. In later years, the infection can lead to sudden death or heart failure caused by progressive destruction of the heart muscle. Although there are some drugs to treat Chagas disease, they become less effective the longer a person is infected.